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Old June 4th, 2015, 09:50 AM
Mike_Rupp Mike_Rupp is offline
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Oman

Last week, I took a trip to Muscat, Oman and found a local guy to take my friend and me on a day trip. We started from Muscat, made a stop at the Grand Mosque and then drove around the mountains making stops at Jebel Shams (their grand canyon) and a bunch of tiny mountain towns.

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As someone who has never traveled to the mid-east, I was a little unsure of what topics were fair game, so I treaded lightly. Within a few minutes, our driver Hamad started talking about everything from Ibadi Islam compared to other forms and Sharia Law. Spending a day with him definitely made the world a little smaller. Here's a guy who wears a dishdasha and keffiyeh, prays several times a day and yet goes on Facebook and has similar views that I do.

The scenery there was truly unique and it would be an incredible place to get in a truck and drive for a few weeks. It felt completely safe.

Toyotas are the only game in town. We saw only other Toyotas offroad and I only saw one LR the entire time I was in Oman.
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Old June 4th, 2015, 10:05 AM
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That last pic of you with the head towel is awesome.
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Old June 5th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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As someone who has never traveled to the mid-east, I was a little unsure of what topics were fair game, so I treaded lightly. Within a few minutes, our driver Hamad started talking about everything from Ibadi Islam compared to other forms and Sharia Law. Spending a day with him definitely made the world a little smaller. Here's a guy who wears a dishdasha and keffiyeh, prays several times a day and yet goes on Facebook and has similar views that I do.

The scenery there was truly unique and it would be an incredible place to get in a truck and drive for a few weeks. It felt completely safe.

That's awesome.

If Oman seemed like it beat a lot of your expectations for the Middle East, that's because it is the single best country in the region. It's location and history have made it uniquely idyllic and it's separate cultural history and geo-political position have preserved it's character.

When you're in Oman, you know it's the Middle East but everything is somehow a little special.

Oh, and you visited the least scenic part of the country...

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Toyotas are the only game in town. We saw only other Toyotas offroad and I only saw one LR the entire time I was in Oman.

That's kind of a bummer to hear. When I was a kid there was a healthy mix of different trucks. My family had a FJ60 and my father almost bought a 110 to bring back to the states. Mercedes trucks were so prevalent that I referred to all SUVs as "G-wagons". I even called our Toyota "the G Wagon".
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 06:43 PM
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Looks like someone took a similar trip to Mike's:

twelve days in Oman. from Marko Roth productions on Vimeo.

We drove over 4200 km across the unexplored and beautiful country of Oman. We made friends with young and old Omanis, discovered absolutely stunning landscapes and captured our entire experience in this film.

Together with my friends Lucas, Dominik and Vivi, we explored the Sultanate of Oman in the course of twelve days. On our way from the North to the South of Oman, we came across deserts, beautiful beaches, mountains over 3000m high and the amazing Wadis.

Directed and edited by
Marko Roth
www.markoroth.de

Colorist
Marina Starke

Sound Design by
Mick Von Oppen

Motion Design by
Jens Schlehe

Music by
Tony Anderson, "Eyes Wide Open"

Follow me on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MarkoRothProductions

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Watch my previous work "eleven days in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil.":
https://vimeo.com/88470093

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Old July 23rd, 2015, 06:15 AM
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I'd love to spend 12 days exploring Oman. It's the most amazing country that nobody knows about.
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